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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
1 June 2004



UNITED NATIONS

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY


INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY
JUNE 2004



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FACT SHEET



Population Statistics: (UNFPA, UNICEF)

Since September 2000:
UNICEF, UNFPA, UNRWA, UNOHCHR

Restricting Access to Schools:

The movement restrictions, delays at checkpoints and the lengthy detours taken to reach schools have lead to schools closing and increased absences for both students and teachers.

In the 2002-2003 school year, UNRWA's 95 schools in the West Bank serving 60,000 school children, reported:

Deteriorating quality of education:

School drop-out rates have decreased mostly because students have transferred to other schools. However, the quality of education continues to suffer as a result of the closures, the Barrier, and violence in civilian areas.

A comparison done in April 2003 of pass rates between an UNRWA elementary school inTulkarm camp, which is subjected to frequent IDF incursions and curfews, and another UNRWA elementary school in the relatively calm nearby Nur Shams camp, demonstrates the effects of such violence:


Hope for the next generation:
Source: PCBS/UNICEF/UNFPA Youth Survey 2003

One of the most enduring qualities of children is their sense of hope for a better future. In a recent survey of approximately 4,300 Palestinian youths between the ages of 10-24:




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